Cracking the speech code: A cross-linguistic neurobehavioral approach to language learning in typical and atypical populations

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Organization profile

The project builds on international collaboration with matched funds to addresses language learning in typical and atypical populations (children with autism, dyslexia, and cochlear implants, who all have problems with speech perception). Three typologically representative languages, English (non-tonal language), Mandarin Chinese (tonal language), and Japanese (pitch accent language) are covered. Aim #1 is to apply sophisticated signal processing and statistical modelling in identifying biomarkers of speech and voice recognition deficits. Aim #2 is to investigate speech and voice processing in realistic and complex environments and how the brain mechanisms are shaped by learning experience and pathological conditions. Aim #3 is to develop tools that can deliver adaptive and customizable training methods that can optimize speech learning and social communication across ages and disorders. Our strategic plan will involve multi-year efforts in fundamental research and training, including the establishment of a scholarly exchange program and joint graduate program in speech-language-hearing sciences.

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Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity Medicine & Life Sciences
Underachievement Medicine & Life Sciences
Magnetoencephalography Medicine & Life Sciences
Cochlear Implants Medicine & Life Sciences
Practice Guidelines Medicine & Life Sciences
Pediatrics Medicine & Life Sciences
Semantics Medicine & Life Sciences
Fever Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2017 2019

Grand Challenges Research Awards: Phase 1

1/1/171/1/19

Project: Grand Challenges

Research Output 1981 2019

Magnetic source imaging and infant MEG: Current trends and technical advances

Kao, C. & Zhang, Y., Aug 1 2019, In : Brain Sciences. 9, 8, 181.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Magnetoencephalography
Research
Software
Near-Infrared Spectroscopy
Cognition
1 Citation (Scopus)

Mandarin-speaking, kindergarten-aged children with cochlear implants benefit from natural f0 patterns in the use of semantic context during speech recognition

Zhang, L., Wang, J., Hong, T., Li, Y., Zhang, Y. & Shu, H., Aug 1 2018, In : Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. 61, 8, p. 2146-2152 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cochlear Implants
kindergarten
Semantics
speaking
semantics

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: Diagnosis and treatment

Reiff, M. I. & Stein, M. T., Oct 12 2004, In : Advances in pediatrics. 51, p. 289-327 39 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Practice Guidelines